Senate Votes to End COVID-19 Emergency After Biden Signals No Veto

Thu Mar 30, 2023 AT 9:58 AM EDT

The Senate approved a resolution 68-23 Wednesday to end the COVID-19 public health emergency crisis after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told Democrats the White House wouldn’t veto it, according to a Senate Democratic source.

The announcement from the Senate majority leader opened the floodgates for Democrats to back the resolution. Nine Democrats and one Independent  joined with all Republicans to end the public health crisis. 

The end of the emergency will end several regulations that started at the beginning of the pandemic in an effort to aid the U.S. response. The change will mean many patients will have to pay for a portion or all of the cost of COVID-19 therapeutics. It is still unclear how it will affect the end of Title 42, a pandemic-era policy ordered by the Trump administration in March 2020 to shut down the southern border in the name of public health. The policy is expected to end May 11. Read Full Story

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